The trendy Port of Leith is home to this stylish Malmaison. Inside, bold contemporary designs…
Restaurant Martin Wishart
“Superb cookery and flavours here with everything just so fresh on the palate.” - AA Inspector
Martin Wishart’s recognition of Leith as a destination dining spot made him a bit of a trailblazer, and it’s hard to imagine, as you look round this buzzy hive of restaurants and bars, that it hasn’t always been this way. Understated and unpretentious on the outside, discreetly located on the cobbled quayside, the restaurant is cool, classical and elegant within. The neutral colours ensure your focus is where it should be – on the food. Menus change seasonally and include a vegetarian tasting option, and the style is classic French with clear Scottish influences. Dishes are thoroughly fresh and vibrant, with precise attention to detail in every option. Mackerel céviche, smoked mussel, tomato and Padrón pepper will start a memorable meal perfectly, followed by roast Anjou squab pigeon, confit leg pastilla, Roscoff onions and salt-baked celeriac. Don’t forego one of the delightful desserts – lemon pannacotta, pistachio cream and blueberry compôte being one such temptation.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 45
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 25–26 December, 1 January, 3 weeks January
- Wines under £30: 5
- Wines over £30: 200
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: Modern French
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.
It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.
A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days.
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